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Old 27 Jul 2005, 04:43 pm
Matt
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Default '89 Civic - steering wheel vibration

The steering wheel on my '89 Civic vibrates noticeably left-right, like
the car is alternately pulling in both directions, when going 50 MPH or
better. At lower speeds I don't feel it (or it is slight enough that I
don't). I checked the tire pressure, and they're all good. Is this an
alignment or other issue, or just the age of the car showing?

Thanks,
Matt

PS- Thanks to previous posters for the info on my oil consumption
problem; after I replaced the PCV valve, head cover gasket and switched
to Castrol Syntec the consumption dropped off the table, it's very
slight now.

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Old 27 Jul 2005, 05:30 pm
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"Matt" <rpi04@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> The steering wheel on my '89 Civic vibrates noticeably left-right, like
> the car is alternately pulling in both directions, when going 50 MPH or
> better.


Possibly alignment or tie rod ends, but more likely its an inner CV joint.

Stewart DIBBS


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Old 27 Jul 2005, 09:58 pm
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Default Re: '89 Civic - steering wheel vibration

Matt wrote:
> The steering wheel on my '89 Civic vibrates noticeably left-right, like
> the car is alternately pulling in both directions, when going 50 MPH or
> better. At lower speeds I don't feel it (or it is slight enough that I
> don't). I checked the tire pressure, and they're all good. Is this an
> alignment or other issue, or just the age of the car showing?


check for play in all the suspension joints. if none, get the wheels
balanced. all 4 of them.

>
> Thanks,
> Matt
>
> PS- Thanks to previous posters for the info on my oil consumption
> problem; after I replaced the PCV valve, head cover gasket and switched
> to Castrol Syntec the consumption dropped off the table, it's very
> slight now.
>

it's great when people post results!

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Old 27 Jul 2005, 10:52 pm
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Default Re: '89 Civic - steering wheel vibration

"Matt" <rpi04@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> The steering wheel on my '89 Civic vibrates noticeably left-right, like
> the car is alternately pulling in both directions, when going 50 MPH or
> better. At lower speeds I don't feel it (or it is slight enough that I
> don't). I checked the tire pressure, and they're all good. Is this an
> alignment or other issue, or just the age of the car showing?
>

If the vibration comes and goes at a steady rate much of the time, like
over a half minute cycle, the wheels need a good quality balancing. If the
severity is steady, there is a chance one of the tire treads is starting to
separate from the carcass - but that normally feels more like a vertical
"tramp."

Mike


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Old 28 Jul 2005, 11:54 am
Brad Taylor
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Default Re: '89 Civic - steering wheel vibration

My '84 Honda did the same thing and it turned out that the tread belts were
coming off the tire. So at low speed there was no noticable difference, but
at freeway speed there was just enough slipage inside the tire to cause it
to vibrate left-right dangerously. It wasn't apparent until I had the tires
removed for balancing and then the repairman saw the tail-tell cracks.

"Matt" <rpi04@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:1122500589.979586.237600@f14g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
> The steering wheel on my '89 Civic vibrates noticeably left-right, like
> the car is alternately pulling in both directions, when going 50 MPH or
> better. At lower speeds I don't feel it (or it is slight enough that I
> don't). I checked the tire pressure, and they're all good. Is this an
> alignment or other issue, or just the age of the car showing?
>
> Thanks,
> Matt
>
> PS- Thanks to previous posters for the info on my oil consumption
> problem; after I replaced the PCV valve, head cover gasket and switched
> to Castrol Syntec the consumption dropped off the table, it's very
> slight now.
>



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